The Singapore Cycling Federation (SCF) has announced the first-ever structured ranking and points system that is set to enhance the local cycling scene. This road cycling points system will come into effect on 13 March at the OCBC Cycle Road Race, and points will be totalled up upon the conclusion of the OCBC Cycle Speedway Club Championship at the end of the year. Riders’ point tallies will be reset at the beginning of each year.
The ranking and points system is expected to complement the current competitive road cycling calendar of events. There will be four road events held this year – the OCBC Cycle Road Race (13 March), OCBC Cycle National Road Championship, which consist of a criterium and individual time trial (22 & 29 May respectively), and the OCBC Cycle 2016 Speedway Club Championship which is slated to take place later in the year. The allocation of points and national ranking comes at a time when demand for more road events is surging, and will encourage participation in all SCF- organised or sanctioned road events.
Mr Jeffrey Goh, President of SCF, said, “The SCF’s 5-Year Strategic Plan has four key components. Of relevance here is the strategic intent to create a vibrant calendar of events. The SCF Management Committee held several meetings on this and it was decided that apart from just organising more events, it is critical that we develop an event eco-system where all critical success factors have to be in place. This includes a points system to keep our cyclists competitive. The points system will be introduced for Road events first. Moving forward, we intend to do the same for Mountain bike, BikeTrial and BMX when we are able to organise or sanction a series of competitive events.”
In 2014, there was only one road event for riders – the SCF Celebration Series, while 2015 saw two events being held locally – the 28th Southeast Asian Games and the inaugural OCBC Cycle Speedway Club Championship. For the four road events in 2016, riders will be able to accumulate individual points: If a rider finishes first in any of the four races, he or she will be able to accumulate a total of 13 points. Riders who finish with a second, third, fourth and fifth placing will be rewarded with 11, 9, 7 and 6 points, respectively. Those placed sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth will be able to chalk up 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 point, respectively.
Ms Koh Ching Ching, Head of Group Corporate Communications, OCBC Bank, said: “I commend Jeffrey and his new committee for being able to design and launch the first ranking and points system for the cycling community soon after they helmed SCF. During the years we have supported cycling in Singapore, many cyclists – both professional and recreational cyclists – have told us about their desire for a national recognition system. This points system is therefore overdue. But it is better late than never. The ranking and points system serves not only as a source of motivation for our national athletes and a process to identify talents, we also see it as a key component of the cycling eco-system to encourage more serious cycling, raise the standards, and enlarge the cycling community. With a more vibrant cycling scene in Singapore, it gives OCBC more reasons to continue to support OCBC Cycle and all the cycling races.”
SCF will be awarding prizes to the winners of the individual and team rankings one week after the final event – the OCBC Cycle 2016 Speedway Club Championship.
For more information, visit www.cycling.org.sg
Photo: Singapore Cycling Federation Facebook page
Text via official press release.